Warning, I think these updates will be long, mostly focusing on running and health…but I do love your comments, so…please read me!
This week in running was an odd one. I am super pleased because I did get pretty much all of the miles called for the in Marathon Training plan. I am not pleased at how they all went.
My 12 mile run was a total disaster. I have never been so frustrated with anything in quite a while. I did well up until about the 6th mile, and then it just became a bit harder than expected. This is going to sound a little silly, but I fully believe that part of my problem was a lack of appropriate planning.
1stly, I experimented with using only one GU, rather than the two I would normally use for a run of about this length. I can’t believe the lack of 100 calories was responsible for the whole breakdown, but…I wonder if I couldn’t have used the second minor little caffeine boost that they have. So I learned from that experiment, 2 GU for anything in the half marathon arena.
2ndly: I have an issue with the West Orange Trail. It runs for about 24 miles, so in theory it would be perfect for long runs. It runs through some towns and in Winter Garden, a lovely town I simply have been unable to figure out where the heck it goes. So I always end up turning around there (about mile 4.5ish) and going back. My plan was to overshoot on to another trail, the South Lake Trail-North Hancock Extension. and then come on back to my car. So the deal was that the first 4 miles were at a great pace, then mile 5 got all weird because I stopped for water and Gu. On the way back I realized that I really didn’t have the distance I expected to at that point, so I tooled around one of the lakes and started to feel confused. I like to know where I am going. I finished on the Hancock trail and discovered there is an ENORMOUS hill just about 1.5 miles into the extension. It is sharp and steep and miserable. SO I finished that…up and then down…and then ran back to the start point and still had to overshoot some more to get the needed miles. So I slowed down, my pace was terrible.
this week is a cut back week, I only have to do 9 miles as a long. I have planned it to be at a 15K race, so at least I will have something else to look at.
My other runs this week were interesting as well.
In laziness, I decided to go back to running from the gym, out and back so there was no extra driving about. I had forgotten how bad the hills are in that route. Wha hooey, it slowed me down.
The West Orange Trail has some hills, but they are really really gentle. The Hills around the Hospital and the training center are more extreme. So I am seeing my speed increase by about 10-20 seconds a mile. SO I have decided I need to keep training on the hills and will use that route for my shorter runs.
For longer runs, I am going to have to plan something out, I do like to know where I am headed and I don’t want to go through that confusion again.
SO yay for all miles done, and boo hiss on the long run. I am hoping the next one which will be 14, will be a little better.
I had my cholesterol rechecked. I was so certain it had dropped. Well, apparently the commercials can be right. Even with all my running, swimming and Salmon eating…my cholesterol oddly went up. My triglicerides which were already excellent, dropped even more…but my healthy cholesterol dropped, and my unhealthy cholesterol rose. So I see my doctor next week, looks like medication is in my future. I spoke with one of the Cardiologists about it, and he said I definitely needed something. He expressed concern about the myalgias caused by the cholesterol lowering medications and my running plans. So…I am going to see how this goes. SIGH. I feel old…Medicine for breathing, medicine for cholesterol. Well. At least my Blood Pressure seems to now be under control.
Dating: A few of the men I work with seem to be expressing interest in me. They are nice, but I am really unsure. Firstly, they are people I work with, so if it does not go swimmingly, well, there is always that awkward moment. ANd people at work, love to talk.
Secondly, I think I have gotten so used to being single, and I am not sure I can deal with not being that way, so….
I am going this year to a Magic game, with someone sometime, and I am excited. I gotta admit though, they started out playing pretty badly against the NJ Nets, so….hopefully the team will gel together a bit better and be playing better too…
OK, I think I could have written more but that should be enough to deal with right now.
So, what do you think? Have you dated anyone form work? How did that go?